Caring For Caregivers In Indiana
By Mary Kuhlman, Indiana News Service
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – From helping to a spouse to dress, driving a parent to a medical appointment or helping a neighbhor purchase groceries, more than 1.3 million Hoosiers provide unpaid care for a loved one. While it can be rewarding, these unpaid duties often can leave a caregiver depleted – physically, emotionally, and financially.
AARP Indiana is hosting a series of events that its state director, June Lyle, said offer information on resources and supports to help caregivers in their roles.
“It’s very valuable and important work, but it can be very tiring and sometime, it can be lonely,” she said. “So, we just really want to give caregivers an opportunity to take a little bit of a break, and get some resources that will actually be able to help make care giving a little easier for them.”
The “Caregiving Connection” events will include information from AARP, the local Area Agency on Aging, as well as an elder-law attorney for questions about legal matters. Three day-long and three evening events are scheduled over the next two months; the first is on Tuesday in South Bend.
Lyle said caregiving is a role many people feel very good about taking on, although its value often is underestimated.
“They are really the glue that’s holding things together for their family members,” she said. “So, they are tremendously important – the work that they do is just super-important for families and for communities, and for the state of Indiana.”
A 2009 estimate found that nationally, caregivers provided unpaid support and services worth about $450 billion to friends and family members.
Details on other events are available online at aarp.org/in or by calling the RSVP line at 877-926-8300.